M R. X. Dentith


       M R. X. Dentith is a philosopher who specialises in the epistemic analysis of conspiracy theory as well as writing on rumours, fake news, and the epistemology of secrecy. They received their PhD in Philosophy from the University of Auckland in 2012, and has been a Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Bucharest (ICUB-IRH) and the New Europe College (Bucharest).


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Representative Works:

• Understanding Conspiracy Theories: 9/11, QAnon and Beyond, Manchester University Press, forthcoming

• Taking Conspiracy Theories Seriously (ed. M R. X. Dentith), Rowman and Littlefield, 2018, ISBN: 978-1-78660-828-4

• The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, ISBN: 978-1-137-36315-2


Representative Publications:

• “Debunking conspiracy theories,” Synthese (early access). DOI: 10.1007/s11229-020-02694-0

• “Conspiracy theories on the basis of the evidence,” Synthese, 6, 2019, pp. 2243-61. DOI: 10.1007/s11229-017-1532-7

• “What is fake news?”, University of Bucharest Review, VIII(2), 2018, pp. 24-34

• “A (naive) view of conspiracy as collective action,” Filosofia e Collettività, 22, 2018, pp. 61-71

• “The Problem of Conspiracism,” Argumenta 3(2), 2018, pp. 327-343. DOI: 10.23811/58.arg2017.den

• “Expertise and conspiracy theories,” Social Epistemology, 32(3), 2018, pp. 196-208. DOI: 10.1080/02691728.2018.1440021

• (with Martin Orr) “Conspiracies and Secrecy,” Episteme, 15(4), 2018, pp. 433-450, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/epi.2017.9

• “The problem of fake news,” Public Reason, 8(1-2): 65-79, 2016

• “When inferring to a conspiracy might be the best explanation,” Social Epistemology, 30(5), 2016, pp. 572-591, DOI: 10.1080/02691728.2016.1172362


Research Projects Presided Over & Participated In:

The Disinformation Project – Te Punaha Matatini, University of Auckland, 2020\\Towards an epistemology of secrecy - New Europe College, Bucharest, 2018

The Ethics of Investigation: When are we obliged to take conspiracy theories seriously? - Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Bucharest, 2016-2017


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